Fort McCoy News February 9, 2018

Organizers establishing Fort McCoy Running Club

for post athletes

A group of active running athletes at the installation are organizing the Fort McCoy Running Club.

The club is open to military members, civilians, and contractors. This is an organized group that provides group runs for their members to promote fitness and provide formalized training programs, including training for first timers in 5K, 10K, and half-marathon training programs, and more.

"Our goal is to introduce running as a healthy lifestyle choice and a sport," said Lt. Col. Mark Woommavovah with the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade and one of the club organizers.

Fort McCoy community members participate in a post running event in June 2017.
Fort McCoy community members participate in a post running event in
June 2017.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

"Running is the most accessible and affordable activity that anyone can do," Woommavovah said. "Running is booming (here), and there is no time like the present to improve your health, fitness and lifestyle through running through participation in a club like this."

Most beginning runners have a reason to start running. Often that reason centers around health, feeling and looking better, or just getting out more.

"We will provide the inspiration needed to get you out the door and on your way," he said.

The biggest benefit of joining the Fort McCoy Running Club is participants will be training with others with various abilities.

"The idea is each member motivates each other," Woommavovah said. "As a member, too, you will be held accountable for your exercise regimen by fellow runners. You'll also be making some great new friends."

To be a part of the Fort McCoy Running Club, or for more information, contact Woommavovah at 608-388-4929 or Tony Steinhoff at 608-388-7351.

"We will start group runs in March, once a week to start, on a day yet to be determined," Woommavovah said. "Members will be notified of all training runs, which will be on a club Facebook page, and we will also post it at Rumpel Fitness Center."

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Fort McCoy Running Club.)